Akosua Adoma Owusu
Akosua Adoma OWUSU (1984, USA) is a Ghanaian-American avant-garde filmmaker and producer whose films have screened worldwide at prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries and universities since 2005. She studied film, media and art at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Virginia. Named by Indiewire as one of the six Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, she was a featured artist at the 56th Robert Flaherty Seminar programmed by renowned film critic Dennis Lim. She divides her time between Ghana and New York, where she works as an Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
(all short) Me broni ba/My White Baby (2008, doc), Drexciya (2010, doc) Reluctantly Queer (2016, doc), Mahogany Too (2018), Pelourinho, They Don’t Really Care About Us (2019)
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My White Baby
This lyrical portrait of hair salons in Ghana depicts the tangled legacy of European colonialism in Africa as evoked through a series of vignettes.
Guilty landscape. A carefully observed decrepit swimming pool, silently relates a myth from Africa's traumatic history. Screened before Imagine, the Sky.
Hushed monologue in black-and-white in which a young Ghanaian immigrant confesses in a warm, openhearted letter to his mother that his love for men was the reason he left for America.
A vintage-feel homage to the cult classic Mahogany – a fashion-infused romantic drama – and Diana Ross's iconic portrayal of its main character Tracy Chambers.
Pelourinho, They Don’t Really Care About Us
A letter from W.E.B. Du Bois is the starting point for this colourful film about inequality in Brazilian society.